Peacocks are such a beautiful bird, so this year I decided my second graders were going to do fabulous peacocks. The kids were able to veer away from traditional peacock colors as long as they did at least three values and/or colors. We also talked quite a bit about contrast as we created these beautiful birds.
These cute snowmen offer a different take on perspective. We talked as a class about what perspective is. We used our hands as an example putting them in front of our faces and starting with the hand far away and slowly bringing it towards our face. The kids then drew the snowmen, and then added chalk pastel to create the appearance of form on their snowmen. They also painted backgrounds with water color, adding oil pastel snowflakes. We then cut and glued the snowmen together and added stick “arms” for the snowmen!
This project really came together at the end. We were primarily studying the art element color, but also worked with value, contrast and space while creating these beautiful landscapes. The students also had to push beyond their typical painting skills and mix a variety of different colors for this project. We also discussed perspective and space and how the size of objects may appear to be different based on where they are in your painting (i.e. smaller in the background, larger in the foreground).
These birds are so adorable. The kids loved working on these clay birds, especially adding the color. The expressions of joy when they see how they come out of the kiln all shiny is the best!!
I usually save the clay projects for the end of the year because the kids are always so engaged when doing clay. There are many frustrations with ceramics, things falling apart or things breaking, so the kids have to be really resilient! Organization is key to getting almost 600 pieces fired and back to the kids without losing anything! I love when we get to the glazing stage because opening the kiln to all the beautiful, shiny colors is so fun. It is also amazing to see the kids express their delight when they see how beautiful their projects turned out!
My second graders learned all about themselves while creating these self portraits using chalk pastel. We began this project by listing words that describe themselves. They entered those words into Tagxedo and chose an image that they felt represented themselves, complete with color scheme they liked. This became the design on their t-shirt. We then went into a teacher directed lesson on how to draw the human face. We discussed how our faces are mathematically proportioned. We then began to color using chalk pastels, focusing on creating form and shading with different values. Students had to work through issues of erasing and redrawing as well as issues that arise through the use of chalk pastel, which is a quite difficult medium for younger students to work with. They also had to work through various technology glitches when creating their Taxgedos!